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Replying To Scenicparish:  "In my opinion Oisin Gallen will be our full forward, Mc Brearty will be right corner forward, left corner forward is still open.
I think the 2 corner backs will come from Mc Menamin, Kevin Gettigan and Mark Curran. Eoin Ban will be wing half back."
If Eoghan Ban goes in to the half back line that line will be McHugh,McGonagle and Eoghan Ban in that line.Where does that leave Mogan and O'Baoill.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 1055 - 27/02/2024 15:09:15    2528654

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Replying To gunman:  "Jamie Brennan can't buy a point at the moment which is strange since he was our leading scorer from play in those good years of 18,19 add in to 20.In my opinion he just needs to nail a couple of good points to get his confidence back.His tracking back and work rate is brilliant as well and his speed will always be an asset.I would be very loathe to drop him."
Yeah like that could be it. He has shown he's capable in the past and it's not like he has suffered any serious injuries which are hampering him. I don't want to be sounding arrogant or disrespectful here to any of the teams we have yet to play, but if Brennan could nail a goal and a few points against one or two of them, might that be the tonic to get his mojo back?

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9104 - 27/02/2024 15:21:10    2528657

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Yeah I'd agree with that.

I think there is definitely an opening in one of the corner forward positions.

Jamie Brennan - he has proven he has the ability in the past. Can he recapture his old form?
Aaron Doherty - loads of ability but needs to push on and consistently prove he should be a starter

Bolter - someone like KJ Molloy makes a late claim by showing well in the u20s and in training? Perhaps unlikely and wishful thinking but wouldn't it be great to have some young lad come through and burst on to the senior scene?"
Don't know if KJ will feature this year but certainly one for the future. Dara o Baoill ( back to his best), Mogan, Langan, Shane O Donnell, Odhran Doherty, Niall O Donnell ( if injuries clear up), Jamie... sum fight for the other 4 forward positions.....

Scenicparish (Donegal) - Posts: 265 - 27/02/2024 15:27:26    2528659

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Replying To Scenicparish:  "In my opinion Oisin Gallen will be our full forward, Mc Brearty will be right corner forward, left corner forward is still open.
I think the 2 corner backs will come from Mc Menamin, Kevin Gettigan and Mark Curran. Eoin Ban will be wing half back."
I think Curran a shoe in with mc Cole definite for full back. Mc menamin if he keeps fit will be the other corner man. As I said this while we are lacking good tight corner backs. I might sound like a record player but im worried come championship if anything happens any of these three.. if we want to have a good year we'll have to play in croker then I think the troubles could start. Maybe I'm wrong hopefully

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 2388 - 27/02/2024 15:29:26    2528660

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Yeah I'd agree with that.

I think there is definitely an opening in one of the corner forward positions.

Jamie Brennan - he has proven he has the ability in the past. Can he recapture his old form?
Aaron Doherty - loads of ability but needs to push on and consistently prove he should be a starter

Bolter - someone like KJ Molloy makes a late claim by showing well in the u20s and in training? Perhaps unlikely and wishful thinking but wouldn't it be great to have some young lad come through and burst on to the senior scene?"
A lot or people seem to hare forgotten about Conor O'Donnell from Carn. If he can get back in the next few weeks and deliver the promise he showed before I think he is the obvious choice for the 15 jersey. Although rushy with his shots (at times) he is two footed and as direct as any other forward we have. Strong and a good ball winner. The lad has bundles of talent.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 793 - 27/02/2024 15:44:03    2528665

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Replying To gunman:  "Jamie Brennan can't buy a point at the moment which is strange since he was our leading scorer from play in those good years of 18,19 add in to 20.In my opinion he just needs to nail a couple of good points to get his confidence back.His tracking back and work rate is brilliant as well and his speed will always be an asset.I would be very loathe to drop him."
Jamie will get his scoring boots back soon, many forwards go through similar patches, I wouldn't worry about him, hopefully he'll catch fire right about the time we are heading for Celtic Park in April,
On the penalty the last day it should have been retaken, the officiating was weak at best if not biased,
I would rather have seen Ryan or Paddy taking that penalty though.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2736 - 27/02/2024 15:51:12    2528668

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "A lot or people seem to hare forgotten about Conor O'Donnell from Carn. If he can get back in the next few weeks and deliver the promise he showed before I think he is the obvious choice for the 15 jersey. Although rushy with his shots (at times) he is two footed and as direct as any other forward we have. Strong and a good ball winner. The lad has bundles of talent."
Yeah he's a very good player. His injury must be bad enough though is it? Haven't heard any word on him at all. He'd be a great man to have involved. He has a good knack for scoring goals too.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9104 - 27/02/2024 16:13:40    2528677

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Replying To rorysboys:  "What do you make of the goal. Really like mc menamin was he ball watching. We can't afford giving Away bad goals in championship. Look at con o g Saturday night if we want to progress we need players who can put it up to him. Easier said than done but Shane mc guigan murnin daragh canavan are really good players . Who need to be man marked at certain times but these are the crucial times in a game."
Caught ball watching but surprised he was one on one and the rest so far forward. I'd be surprised if you see us concede like that come championship. Right now I wouldn't be too over concerned.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2779 - 27/02/2024 16:16:37    2528679

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Replying To Commodore:  "I thought Caolan McGonigle had a quiet first half, but I did notice this game that he seems to play a big role in organizing the troops for opposition kick-outs, he had a much better second half.

Collectively the team played very well, high intensity and physical, lots of sloppy mistakes too, but I think consideration that it was their first big test is definitely allowed. I think it shows we're definitely back amongst the Tier 2 sides hoping to breakthrough into the Tier 1.

Tier 1 Rankings
Dublin, Kerry, Derry

Tier 2 Rankings
Mayo, Tyrone, Galway, Armagh, Donegal"
Unfortunately I was watching the BBC stream and the quality was really poor in the first half. The feed kept buffering and freezing so was difficult to watch. So I cannot disagree with your first half assessment of McGonigle but he definitely seemed to stand up when we needed people to be counted.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2779 - 27/02/2024 16:20:54    2528681

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Yeah he's a very good player. His injury must be bad enough though is it? Haven't heard any word on him at all. He'd be a great man to have involved. He has a good knack for scoring goals too."
Surely a half forward though no? Christy Toye mark 2 if you ask me which is quite the compliment as Toye was an incredible player for Donegal.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2779 - 27/02/2024 16:22:17    2528682

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Anybody have recent up to date information on Jason McGee, CoDonnell carn, and Eoin ban at all..be serious additions if we could get all 3 back soon enough?

RoryGall35 (Donegal) - Posts: 167 - 27/02/2024 17:05:32    2528691

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Jamie will get his scoring boots back soon, many forwards go through similar patches, I wouldn't worry about him, hopefully he'll catch fire right about the time we are heading for Celtic Park in April,
On the penalty the last day it should have been retaken, the officiating was weak at best if not biased,
I would rather have seen Ryan or Paddy taking that penalty though."
He was probably off his line but it was an easy save from a very poor penalty.He didn't want to take it,the body language was bad.McHugh looked like he was going to take it,he had the ball at the spot but somebody decided that Gallen should take it and he was called up from where he was standing away back.I don't know if his reluctance was due to the fact that he got a bang on the side just before that and looked very uncomfortable.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 1055 - 27/02/2024 17:33:39    2528694

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Replying To panamasam:  "Caught ball watching but surprised he was one on one and the rest so far forward. I'd be surprised if you see us concede like that come championship. Right now I wouldn't be too over concerned."
Definitely not ball watching.They totally misjudged the flight of the ball and it went over their heads and Murnin was behind them and fairly buried it.I don't know if his judgement made him think they were going to miss it or if he just gambled that they might miss it.McHugh is usually good at covering those situations but he was actually just in front of McMenamin which maybe caused McM to momentarily to take his eye off the ball.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 1055 - 27/02/2024 17:45:04    2528699

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Yeah he's a very good player. His injury must be bad enough though is it? Haven't heard any word on him at all. He'd be a great man to have involved. He has a good knack for scoring goals too."
He's not too far away from what I heard. The league final, all going to plan, would be an extra game to get minutes into the legs of players before championship if nothing else.

WeGoAgain (Donegal) - Posts: 32 - 27/02/2024 18:14:14    2528705

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Replying To RoryGall35:  "Anybody have recent up to date information on Jason McGee, CoDonnell carn, and Eoin ban at all..be serious additions if we could get all 3 back soon enough?"
Jason is struggling.

themaddog (Wicklow) - Posts: 130 - 27/02/2024 18:56:02    2528712

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Replying To gunman:  "He was probably off his line but it was an easy save from a very poor penalty.He didn't want to take it,the body language was bad.McHugh looked like he was going to take it,he had the ball at the spot but somebody decided that Gallen should take it and he was called up from where he was standing away back.I don't know if his reluctance was due to the fact that he got a bang on the side just before that and looked very uncomfortable."
I don't notice McHugh but they've been doing something like that for years. Mcbreaty taking the ball and the verbals!!! Murphy standing away back and then coming forward. It's a deliberate ploy.

Ulsterchamps_32 (Donegal) - Posts: 687 - 27/02/2024 20:07:42    2528721

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Replying To Ulsterchamps_32:  "I don't notice McHugh but they've been doing something like that for years. Mcbreaty taking the ball and the verbals!!! Murphy standing away back and then coming forward. It's a deliberate ploy."
That's exactly it, Ryan was never ever taking it and it was always going to be Farah. It stops the opposition players from trying to get into the head of the penalty taker.

I still think he will be on penalties with Paddy as backup.

FootballGuy (Donegal) - Posts: 223 - 27/02/2024 20:37:28    2528727

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Replying To gunman:  "If Eoghan Ban goes in to the half back line that line will be McHugh,McGonagle and Eoghan Ban in that line.Where does that leave Mogan and O'Baoill."
That's a good problem to have with players competing for places. But certainly all 5 you mentioned start for me. I would start Mogan at No. 15 but let him roam. Daire could start in the half forward line, especially. If we are going with Thompson and Langan in MF. We would need Daire in the half forward line. If Hugh starts in MF then Thompson or Langan will also be in the HF line. I'm not going to mention Jason McGee because we don't really know where he is at so we can only go by the players we have available.

FootballGuy (Donegal) - Posts: 223 - 27/02/2024 20:43:03    2528729

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Replying To rorysboys:  "I think Curran a shoe in with mc Cole definite for full back. Mc menamin if he keeps fit will be the other corner man. As I said this while we are lacking good tight corner backs. I might sound like a record player but im worried come championship if anything happens any of these three.. if we want to have a good year we'll have to play in croker then I think the troubles could start. Maybe I'm wrong hopefully"
I think Brendan would be a huge loss at full back, the only other option may be the likes of Dara O Baoill dropping back there. Kevin Mc Gettigan would be a very capable corner back and Jim trusts him there. Eoin Ban can also play there but would be a loss in the half back line.

Scenicparish (Donegal) - Posts: 265 - 27/02/2024 20:51:07    2528730

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Replying To gunman:  "If Eoghan Ban goes in to the half back line that line will be McHugh,McGonagle and Eoghan Ban in that line.Where does that leave Mogan and O'Baoill."
Mogan has been used mainly as a half forward, Jim has used him and Ryan on the same side. Dara is very versatile and has had a brilliant league campaign to date. He can play as a half back or a half forward.
Jim had used a lot of players in the league and is building a good panel. In the modern game the bench is hugely important and a panel of 25 is needed where when players come off the team is not weakened.

Scenicparish (Donegal) - Posts: 265 - 27/02/2024 21:01:31    2528732

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